The Northwest Folklife Festival was founded in 1972. The festival is run by an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes the cultural heritage of Pacific Northwest communities. The festival is free and offers live music. The music tended to be folk music from various Pacific Northwest cultures. Food is available and booths are present to sell various items.
Beer only was served in the beer garden. This was an area near the music stage that was partitioned off with a small white picket fence. You had to be of legal drinking age to enter the garden. No beer was allowed to be taken out of the garden. Unfortunately, the beer garden was standing room only, so it was not possible to sit and listen to the music while enjoying a drink. The garden contained all alcoholic consumption to confined area.
As this event was only a short walk from our hotel, we stopped by and listened to some music, had a beer or two, and sampled some food form the venders. The scene was fairly laid back. Overall, the festival was enjoyable.
In 2008, the festival occurred at the Seattle Center.